History has been made at the Rio Olympics, 24 year-old South African sprinter, Wayde van Niekerk etched his name into the history books after smashing the 400m world record, becoming an Olympic champion and the new world record holder. Social media is in overdrive celebrating the remarkable milestone and African excellence.
A Namibian Grade 12 learner Simon Petrus is making waves after he invented a mobile phone, with no sim-card, which uses radio signals and doesn’t require airtime to make calls.
Scientists at the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development (H3D) in South Africa have identified a second compound, which could treat and prevent malaria, a promising step in African medical innovation and in the fight against Malaria. Scientists say the compound has the potential to block the transmission of the parasite from person to person and, contribute to the eradication of Malaria.
Malawi is planning to legislate tough laws against harmful cultural practices, which target women and young girls in the wake of the arrest of an HIV-positive man, who confessed to having sex with pubertal children as part of initiation rites. Eric Aniva, was arrested on President Peter Mutharika’s orders, and Mutharika announced the country is planning a major crackdown on such practices.
The Namibian government is set to relax its visa policy with plans to introduce visa-on-arrival for African citizens, in preparation of ultimately scrapping off visa requirements the President Hage Geingob announced. Namibia recently scrapped off visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders, as the country begins implementing exemptions, which encourage the free movement of African citizens.
Pictures of Zimbabwean graduates dressed in graduation gowns while vending on the streets of central Harare have gone viral on social media. The pictures highlight the depth of the country’s problems, where the high levels of unemployment have forced graduates unable to put into practice what they have studied to work as vendors, something they certainly never envisaged.
The Gambian parliament has passed the Children’s Amendment Bill bill banning child marriage, as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent the practice. The bill orders that offenders will face 20 years in prison. The provision comes after President Yahya Jammeh’s recent declaration of a ban on child marriage. The landmark decision has been hailed by many rights groups and citizens.
As the 2016 Rio Olympic Games draw closer, Zimbabwean rider, Camilla Kruger is on the verge of making history as the first Zimbabwean athlete to compete in any equestrian discipline at the Olympics. Kruger made history, when she qualified for the competition and says she’s proud to wear the country’s flag at #rio2016. The country is certainly behind Camialla and her horse, Sam The Man.
African First Ladies at the just ended African Union (AU) summit in Rwanda made a commitment to continue fighting child marriage across the continent and resolved to ensure the launch of the campaign to End Child Marriage continues in 2017. Almost three quarters of governments are yet to launch the campaign, which raises awareness on the effects of child marriage and calls on AU member states to enact laws, setting the minimum age of marriage at 18 years.